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When Is It a True Dental Emergency?

It’s easy to take our teeth and gums for granted. Sure, we brush them twice each day and floss regularly, but most of us put little thought into them. At least, we don’t until something goes wrong. But how do we know when these problems are a dental emergency?

Sometimes, a dental emergency is obvious — like being awake all night or losing a permanent tooth in an accident. Both of these situations require expert dental care as soon as possible. That’s why we offer emergency dental services.

At Cherry Family Dental, our team understands that, even with your best efforts, accidents and disease can have very different plans for your oral health. In these instances, it’s essential to have a dental team that provides emergency care waiting in the wings.

Here are just some dental situations that may require emergency care.

Knocking out a tooth

When it comes to dental emergencies, having a knocked out tooth definitely qualifies. In fact, receiving immediate attention in this moment can mean the difference in saving your tooth or losing it altogether.

Whether you or a loved one lost a permanent tooth in an accident, your first steps are critical and should include:

If you can’t get the tooth to fit neatly back in the socket, you can still preserve it by holding it in your cheek and gums or putting it in a glass of milk.

When you take these steps and get to our office right away, there’s a good chance we can save the tooth.

Sustaining a crack in a tooth

If you crack a tooth, it’s possible to preserve it when you take early action and seek our help. To take action as early as possible, try to stabilize the tooth the best you can and call us to schedule a same-day appointment.


Nothing stops you in your tracks faster than tooth or gum pain. In most cases, you experience this pain from tooth decay or gum disease. When pain arises, it’s often a sign of a brewing infection. 

If you’re having pain in your mouth, it’s crucial that you see us as soon as possible so we can thoroughly evaluate your problem and reach a diagnosis, which enables us to:

Remember, when you have pain in your mouth, it’s your body’s way of telling you that something isn’t right. Seeking emergency care is a sure-fire way to prevent even larger problems from developing.

Sustaining trauma

When you’ve had trauma to your mouth that causes the soft tissues to swell or bleed, it’s always wise to come in so we can assess the situation. In these dental emergencies, our goal is to ensure that there isn’t more damage than meets the eye and, if necessary, to get you on a course of antibiotics to prevent infection.

However, if you’re bleeding profusely, you should always seek urgent care services right away.

Broken artificial teeth

Whenever you sustain damage to prosthetic teeth, such as bridges, crowns, or dentures, we urge you to make an appointment with us as quickly as possible. Not only can we fix the damage — and restore function to your mouth and prosthetic — we can also take steps to prevent bacteria from moving in and creating much larger problems down the road.

When it comes to dental emergencies, the bottom line is to remember: any time you experience pain or a major disruption in your mouth, play it safe and err on the side of caution. Making an appointment can help avoid long-term issues, and your dental health is extremely important, which is why we offer emergency dental services.

For more information on dental emergencies, please don’t hesitate to contact our office in South San Jose, California, by calling 408-495-4730 or requesting an appointment online today.

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